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Wal-Mart donates new canine

Wal-Mart donates new canine

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Barry Ballance and his K-9 partner Sergo displayed some of the dog's agility skills during an event where Wal-mart presented a check to the department for the pur...

POSTED August 14, 2009 9:29 p.m.
Max, a German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia, joined the ranks of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit this week through a donation from local Wal-Mart stores.
Four local stores — two in Modesto and one each in Turlock and Ceres — pulled their foundation dollars to raise the $10,100 needed to purchase Max and send him to Stanislaus County.
“Wal-Mart is a true partner to our community and to law enforcement,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson. “Without Wal-Mart’s support, it would be difficult for the K-9 unit to maintain the same level of service our community deserves. We appreciate Wal-Mart’s commitment to the safety of our community and their partnership to keep our K-9 unit at full force.”
Each Wal-Mart store is allocated a certain amount of money to be used to benefit the local community, said Amelia Neufeld, a spokesperson for Northern California Wal-Mart stores. The sheriff department’s need for an additional K-9 unit was brought to the attention of the stores by an associate.
“Wal-Mart is committed to being a good community neighbor and we are proud to partner with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s K-9 Association to donate the funds necessary for K-9 ‘Max,’” said Kimberly Sentovich, Vice President and Regional General Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in California. “Our customers and our associates live and work in this community, and we know that programs like the sheriff department’s K-9 unit are vital to keeping our neighborhoods safe.”
Max will be trained to apprehend criminal offenders, locate missing persons, search buildings and property, and provide crowd control.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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